One of the more common ailments this time of year is allergies. Just as people are adjusting to the plants of early summer, April brings changes in vegetation that cause a new wave of itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and head-rattling sneezes.
Many patients – and many medical professionals – focus their treatments on relieving the symptoms without tackling their underlying causes. Naturopathic therapies however address both and can help reduce the suffering of allergy sufferers in any season.
The Importance of Gut Health
Nine times out of 10, allergies have their genesis in the intestinal tract. Together, the gut and our airways comprise between 60 and 80 percent of our body’s immune system. That’s why Naturopathic Therapies for allergies – and immune irregularities – begin by bolstering the health of the intestinal tract.
We know that when there is inflammatory or allergic-type reactivity in the intestinal tract most often there also is an immune reaction that can sensitize other mucous membranes and trigger allergic reactions elsewhere in the body. Accordingly, one of the naturopathic therapies for people with allergies is to reduce the consumption of foods that might be triggering allergic reactions.
Identifying Food Sensitivities
Allergy sufferers can obtain food allergy testing and use a food diary combined with an elimination diet to determine which foods are causing their symptoms. In addition to determining which foods you might be sensitive to, other helpful measures include: washing sheets frequently in hot water, replacing air filters, vacuuming carpets often or removing them entirely and investing in a good air cleaner.
Supportive Therapies: Nutrition, Herbs & Homeopathics
Between eight and nine out of 10 of my patients have seen a 90% reduction in allergic reactions – and some have entirely eliminated the risk of anaphylactic reactions – by making changes to their diets, repairing the mucous membranes in their bowels and by using an allergic desensitizing therapy.
Homeopathics and herbs can help reduce the inflammation in mucous membranes and rebuild them. There are literally thousands of such substances that have been shown to help.
A number of controlled studies have proven that homeopathic medicines containing a combination of remedies are at least as effective as commercial antihistamines at reducing allergy symptoms, especially seasonal allergies, but without the side effects associated with commercial drugs. For best results using these types of remedies it is always advisable to seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor.
Attending to Stress:
As with many other ailments, reducing stress levels can help to reduce allergic symptoms. The study of how one’s mental state interacts with the nervous and immune systems is known as psychoneuroimmunology. Researchers have observed that as people become more stressed and the nervous system becomes more irritated, histamines are released.
There are any number of homeopathic, nutritional and botanical remedies that can help reduce stress and, as a consequence, reduce the severity and period of allergic symptoms.
– Article prepared by Dr. Tasnim Adatya
*The information contained is intended for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent illness or disease.
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